Carla Grifo

Global Innovation Portfolio Manager at DP World

Carla Grifo is the Global Innovation Portfolio Manager at DP World based in United Arab Emirates.Innovative Leader with 14 years global experience in the Logistics Industry. Bringing a positive attitude and strategic mindset to any challenge, as they give us opportunities to improve, evolve and make an impact. Designed and implemented the Group’s Innovation Platform which has thousands of Global users and accounts for over 10% idea implementation. Coaching over 70 Innovation Champions worldwide on Innovation Management & Design Thinking. Operational Excellence, leading Global Process Improvement and key strategic Customer Engagement Programmes, Automation and Asset Management projects, In-house TOS (Zodiac) development and Business Development Due Diligence. Carried out over 20 optimization and technology projects in Europe, Australia, Asia, Middle East, Africa and America, ranging from process improvement, container terminal design, TOS strategic fit, Virtual Reality trainings and implementation as well as innovation performance simulations. Co-designed Executive Leadership Development Programmes and collaborated as a trainer with the DP World Institute. Guest lecturer at Erasmus University Rotterdam for Maritime Logistics (2013-2014), Terminal Management at Hogeschool Rotterdam (2011) and Conference Speaker at the Terminal Operations Conference (TOC) Europe, Americas, Asia, logistics and Innovation seminars from 2009-2019. Master of Science degree in Maritime Economics and Logistics with thesis “The Economic Value of Terminal Operating Systems” (2008) with focus on the assessment of financial / performance-related contribution of TOS functionalities in the context of a container operation. Bachelor of Science in International Business and an Associate Degree in Administrative Science (2006). Certifications for Innovation Management (2017) and Design Thinking (2020).

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Maritime, Logistics & Supply Chain


We are the leading provider of worldwide smart end-to-end supply chain & logistics, enabling the flow of trade across the globe. Our comprehensive range of products and services covers every link of the integrated supply chain – from maritime and inland terminals to marine services and industrial parks as well as technology-driven customer solutions. Our global workforce is made up of over 53,220 employees from 131 countries, who bring their experience and expertise together, allowing us to be a global leader. We think ahead, anticipate change and deploy industry-leading technology to further broaden our digital vision to disrupt world trade and create the smartest, most efficient and innovative solutions, while ensuring a positive and sustainable impact on economies, societies and our planet.

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Operations Analyst
PD Ports
Operations Analyst
Hutchison Ports PPC
Project Manager
TBA Nederland
English/Spanish Simultaneous Interpreter
LanguageLine Solutions
Assistant Manager - Planning Optimization
DP World
Global Innovation Portfolio Manager
DP World
Planning Optimization - Global Operations Department
DP World
Commercial Service Trade Aide
U.S. Commercial Service
Project Manager
TBA Netherlands
Commercial Service Trade Aide
United States Embassy

Education Background

Maritime Economics and Logistics

Erasmus University Rotterdam

International Business

Universidad Católica Santa María La Antigua

The Oxford School

Design Thinking

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University

Innovation Management

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Maritime Economics and Logistics

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University

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Kanak Madrecha
Senior Manager - Quality at DP World
Mete Basturkmen
Procurement and Admin Manager at DP World
Saqlain Minhas
Shift Manager at DP World
Hibo M.
Regional Organisation Development & Sustainability Manager - Middle East & Africa Region at DP World
Pedro Caballero
Director of Planning & Performance at DP World
abhay srivastava
Operations Manager at DP World
Tiemen Meester
Group COO Ports & Terminals at DP World
Ronald Van Der Meer
Senior Manager Automation at DP World
Tracee White
V.P. & Human Capital Advisor at DP World
Hibo Hassan
Purshasing Coordinator at DP World

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